Details: The golden age of mapmaking was long ago, in the first centuries after the invention of the printing press. Magnificent atlases were issued by ambitious printers, and each map became a rich cultural artifact. The dozen maps in this calendar were selected from more than five million in the collection of the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress.
A map is a simplified depiction of a space which highlights relations between components (objects, regions) of that space. Most usually a map is a two-dimensional, geometrically accurate representation of a three-dimensional space, e.g., a geographical map. More generally, maps can be devised to represent any local property of the world or part of it.